3 Smashbox Muse Lip Paints:Luminary,Artiste & Virtuoso Review


By Zara,

Hi All,

I bought this set sometime early last year. It was part of the Muse Collection in 2009 inspired by artists and creativity displayed in all fields. I have used these lippies for soo long and thought I should definitely review them.

Smash box muse lip paints Review

I have a special attachment for these since they were my very first purchases from Ebay and being my first stint at online shopping, I was worrying whether I’d actually get the stuff, whether it was legit, etc, etc..Suffice to say, I got them in time and love them loads.


They are tinted semi-sheer glosses with gold shimmer and come in 3 shades:ร‚ย  Luminary, Artiste and Virtuoso (top to bottom).

Smash Box lip glosses

Product Claim & Ingredients:


Smashbox Muse Lip Paints ingredients

  • Price: 21$ each (I don’t recall how much I got it for)
  • Quantity: 15ml =These lip paints come in really long tubes. When closed, it spans area from the tip of my ring finger to my wrist..Awesome isn’t it? And 15ml of a gloss is like Whoa!!
  • Application: As you can see from the pics below, the applicator is aร‚ย  long doe foot shaped one with a thick handle. This does help in controlling the application of the gloss. The one thing I love about Smashbox is the value for money they deliver. The tube is truly filled to the brim and the glosses have a fine shimmer which lends that much-wanted gloss to the lips.
  • Packaging: The tube is a squeezable one and this makes things so much more convenient since no product is wasted and you can swipe up every bit of it! Another method of using it (I do this) is to squeeze the tube and swipe out the bit which comes out since I dont like to keep dunking the wand repeatedly. With these glosses, the user is totally in control which I like.
  • Texture: The glosses are a bit thick but not sticky. It glides on pretty smoothly and doesn’t get goopy at any point
  • Staying Power: They last about 3-4hrs after which the shine and tint fade off, leaving a nice moisturizing glaze on your lips. So at no point would your lips look dried out and pruney ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Fragrance: This has the patent Smashbox bubblegum scent but its not strong at all. Infact, it fades within 5mins max.


Smashbox Lip Paint Shade Artiste


Smash Box Muse Lip Paint Shade Artiste review

My take on the shade Artiste

This is lovely shimmery gloss with a berry/maroon tint and is the darkest shade from this range. Although Smashbox claims that this can be used to layer over a lipstick, I wouldn’t really suggest this. The reason being that this shade is a tad bit dark and tends to change the color of your lipstick.

I use this alone and I love the tiny shimmers which seems to give me face a nice glow.

Smash Box Lip Paint artiste review

Smash Box Lip Paint Shade: Luminary Shade: Virtuoso


Smash Box Muse Lip Paint Virtuoso review

This is the quintessential Baby Pink gloss which most of us gals have in our stash. This shade has a medium pigmentation and is suitable to be used atop any lipstick

Smash Box Luminary Shade: Virtuoso

Smash Box Lip Paint Shade Shade: Luminary

Smashbox Muse Lip Paints Luminary review

This is the lightest of the 3 lip paints which looks like caramel in the tube (Yum, Yum!) On application, it comes off as a creamy nude shade which can be used over any lipstick to give that radiant shimmery effect.

This is the least opaque of the 3 and due to its color, seems to fade quicker than the rest as well.


Smash Box Muse Lip Paint Shade Luminary

  • Swatches of Luminary, Artiste and Virtuoso


Smashbox Muse Lip Paints Swatches+Artiste+Luminary Shade: Virtuoso+Luminary


Swatches of Smashbox Muse Lip Paints+Artiste+Luminary Shade: Virtuoso


What I like about Smashbox Muse Lip Paints

  • Gives a lovely radiant look
  • Fades evenly without leaving globs of shimmer
  • The shimmer is very fine and is not OTT. It can be used daily to work as well.
  • Doesn’t dry out the lips and keeps them moisturized even after the tint fades.
  • Long lasting
  • All Smashbox products are cruelty free and not tested on animals


What I did not like about Smash Box Muse Lip Paints

  • Availability is an issue in India
  • Pretty Expensive
  • Will I buy it again: Not too sure since God knows when this will get over!
  • Rating: 4.5/5 ( -.5 for availability)


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    • i agree..i also feel that lipsticks usually dry the lips after a whiel…but lip paints retain the moisture..me want something from peacocky collection tooo!!!

        • Ohh! I though the shades would remain more or less the same..Even I was hunting for the Coral shade in that range but its not available in Inida ๐Ÿ™

            • yea..just imagine a lovely orangy coral ..that too colorburst wala! yummy…

              Hav u seen Revlon ‘Classic Coral’ in the Vital radiance range? Its such an intense coral..i have it but hardly get the guts to use it..One has to be very very daring or comfy in their skin to wear it…

  1. wow Zara ๐Ÿ˜€ they looks awesome honey :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* pls let me know if you happen to see anything like this in ebay again :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

      • nahi hum wahan nahi jaenge……invite hi nahi kia unhone…..and bina invitation ke to hum apni shadi mai bhi nahi age they…..haha hah haha haha ๐Ÿ˜€

        • lolz..who invited u in yur marriage by the way :D:D and whose pic is this Doc.aisa lagta hai DOC ki bachpan ki pic hai ๐Ÿ˜›

    • amaal hai generally its the other way round….wives keep a watch how much hubby is drinking……gud ….. :shy: :cute:

      • i never seem to get badly talli-ed…i try and try ๐Ÿ˜‰ not that process is painfull mind u..but i wish id get sloshed sometime.s.kabhi nahi hota…at the most i get thoda high and thats it.. ๐Ÿ™

        my hubby is also a very controlled drrinker..he is the designated driver wheneevr we go out.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • i never seem to get badly talli-ed…i try and try ๐Ÿ˜‰ not that process is painfull mind u..but i wish id get sloshed sometime.s.kabhi nahi hota…at the most i get thoda high and thats it.. ๐Ÿ™

  2. รขโ„ขยฅ them!! Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm a big fan of lip glosses but an even bigger fan of shimmery lip glosses for us tanned goddesses. รขโ„ขยฅ all of them!! The swatches look fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚


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